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This collection is archived in Manuscripts & Folklife Archives at Western Kentucky University; 270-745-6434;


Finding aid and typescript (Click on "Additional Files" below) for Manuscripts Small Collection 1412. Letter, 7 December, written by Elizabeth Atkinson, Smithfield, Virginia, to her son. She discusses the health of her husband and describes military activity in the vicinity, including theft and looting by Union soldiers, but expresses her desire to reside at home. She describes the effects of the war on local trade in food and livestock, expresses her fear that Richmond will be captured, and gives news of friends and family members. She also refers to the arrest of a “nephew,” possibly of her brother General Robert H. Chilton, as a spy in Kentucky.


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